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Table 5 Forest characteristics and fuel loads in tropical moist deciduous forests in the Nilgiri (1996 to 2005) and Sathyamangalam (1997 to 2012) landscapes. Means are presented with standard deviations, utilizing Welch’s t test.

From: Contrasting Fire Regimes in a Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest and a Savanna Ecosystem in the Western Ghats, India

  Landscape
  Nilgiri Sathyamangalam
Tree species richness (no. per 0.5 ha) 25 ± 1.4** 18.6 ± 4
Trees ≥ 10 cm dbh (ha−1) 398 ± 139 248 ± 133
Basal area (m2 ha−1) 30 ± 2.8* 19.7 ± 13.2
1 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 2.95 ± 0.1*** 1 ± 0.5
10 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 2.1 ± 0.1ns 2.3 ± 1.4
100 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 7.1 ± 6.9ns 11.2 ± 10.8
1000 hr fuels (Mg ha−1) 38.3 ± 12.3ns 11.5 ± 16.1
Total fuels (Mg ha−1) 50.4 ± 5.5** 24.2 ± 23.6
  1. * = 0.05
  2. ** = 0.01
  3. *** = 0.001
  4. ns = not significant